With a focus on online chatter relating to alien visitations, COVID-19 origins, white genocide, and anti-vaccination, the Google-sponsored RAND report published last week shows how machine learning can help detect and understand the language used by "conspiracy theorists."
According to the report, “Conspiracists have their own experts on whom they lean to support and strengthen their views, and their reliance on these experts might limit the impact of formal outreach by public health professionals.
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"All myths of the prevailing corona narrative are made up out of a fact-free vacuum." -- Dr. Thomas Binder, immunologist, cardiologist (source)
"The bottom line is simply this: There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. It's outrageous. This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus. Other than protecting older, more vulnerable people. It should be thought of as nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola. It's not SARS. It's politics playing medicine and that's a very dangerous game." -- Dr. Roger Hodkinson, MA, MB, FRCPC, FCAP, CEO, medical director of Western Medical Assessments, during a speech at Edmonton City Council Community and Public Services Committee, 13-Nov-2020 (source)
"Let's make sure we are clear… This is not a vaccine. They are using the term "vaccine" to sneak this thing under public health exemptions. This is not a vaccine." -- Dr. David Martin (source)
"This vaccination agenda and program is the greatest threat to humanity." -- German microbiologist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (source)
"Zero justification for using this poison death shot." -- Dr. Vladimir Zelenko (source)
"If you don't agree with Authority, no matter what deductive process/evidence used... this is now a mental disorder." -- Ethical Skeptic (source)
"[...] no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available [...]" -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 13-Jul-2020 (source)
"It's a disease so powerful you have to get tested to know whether or not you have it." -- Ryan Dawson, researcher, activist, Anti-Neocon Report (ANC) (source)
"The truth is [...] this is a crime against humanity. This is happening all over the world and America needs to take a leadership role and stop the countries like ours that are limiting hydroxychloroquine. It's killing people not to have access." -- Simone Gold, MD, JD, FABEM, Board Certified Emergency Physician (source)
"The adverse events from Remdesivir [...] are the primary cause of death in all intensive care units treating supposed COVID-19 patients -- multiple organ failure, kidneys shutting down, lungs filling with fluid, pneumonia ... But the pathologies are attributed to C19, not Remdesivir." -- Dr. Randy Wysong, BS, DVM (source)
"By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." -- Russell Blaylock, MD (source)
"Wearing a mask is like advertising you failed your IQ test." -- Simone Gold, MD, JD, FABEM, Board Certified Emergency Physician (source)
"Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus [...]" -- U.S. Surgen General (source)
"In our systematic review, we identified 10 RCTs that reported estimates of the effectiveness of face masks in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infections in the community from literature published during 1946–July 27, 2018. In pooled analysis, we found no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks" -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source)
"The level of stupidity going on here is amazing." -- Michael Levitt, biophysicist, professor of structural biology, Nobel laureate, Stanford University (source)
"Hardly anyone has died from COVID-19." -- Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, DO, FAAPM, FACAM, FAAIM (source)
"[The PCR test is] as good as that Scientology test that detects your personality and then tells you need to give all your money to Scientology." -- Dr. David Rasnick, Ph.D., Biochemist, Protease Inhibitor developer, University of California (source)
"COVID-19 PCR tests are scientifically meaningless" -- Bulgarian Pathology Association (source)
"[Surgical masks/cloth face coverings] Will not protect the wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents due to loose fit and lack of seal or inadequate filtration." -- OSHA, COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (source)
"There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles." -- Denis G. Rancourt, Ph.D, Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca) (source)
"We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection." -- New England Journal of Medicine (source)
"It’s all bullshit […] It’s all exaggerated. It’s an acute respiratory disease with minimal mortality […] Why has the whole world been destroyed?" -- Dr. Alexander Myasnikov, Russia's head of coronavirus information (source)
"These people are not dying from Covid." -- Erin Marie Olszewski, registered nurse, Iraq combat veteran, Elmhurst hospital, New York (source)
"If a patient with a knife sticking out of their chest had sneezed within 14 days of their death then they died of coronavirus." -- Dr. Vernon Coleman (source)
The coronavirus pandemic has seen a rise in harmful and misleading conspiracy theories, mostly spreading online. To address this trend, the European Commission and UNESCO are publicising a set of ten educational infographics helping citizens identify, debunk and counter conspiracy theories.
Be warned: the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in harmful and misleading conspiracy theories. It may be difficult to recognise them or know how best to deal with them.